HANCOCK COUNTY, Ky (WEHT)– Kentucky’s best tasting water is in Lewisport. Judges at Kentucky Rural Water Association’s annual conference and exhibition named Lewisport Municipal Water Works the winner of a statewide competition to identify the tastiest water in Kentucky for 2021. Sixteen water districts, water associations, and municipal utilities from around Kentucky submitted samples of their water, straight from the tap for this competition.
This makes a record total of seven times that Lewisport has won this statewide contest. Lewisport, located on the banks of the Ohio River, provides groundwater to 1,150 homes, businesses and industries.
We are so proud that we were able to win the Best Tasting Water Contest for the seventh year overall. We have a very dedicated team working for the City of Lewisport and they take their careers very seriously and strive to provide the best service possible to our customers. Again, we are very pleased and humbled to be awarded this honor once again.Brent Wigginton, Lewisport City Administrator
Paintsville City Utilities was awarded second place and third place went to Williamsburg Municipal Utilities.
For this Hancock County city that sits along the Ohio River, the water coming out of their faucets and fountains is getting more attention than the water that flows by them.
“It’s nice to know that when you turn on the tap, you have good water,” said Larry Sosh, whose family helps run a business in Lewisport.
“There’s no after taste or anything like that,” adds Carlette Newton of Lewisport.
Lewisport claimed their 7th title since 2000. They last won in 2015 as part of a three-peat.
“It shows that the municipality, the leaders in the city, the water board people, they work hard,” said Sosh.
Lewisport City Manager Brent Wigginton says it was judged on taste, clarity and other factors.
“It just instills pride in all of our operators and staff here,” he said. Wigginton also says their seventh title in two decades also highlights the effort everyone in town puts into their drinking water.
“I think it’s just a testimony to the dedication of our staff here, and as well as our mayor, council. They provide the resources that we need to be able to achieve the goals that we have for ourselves,” he said.
Lewisport will now compete in a national best tasting water competition this upcoming February in Washington D.C.
(This story was originally published on September 3, 2021)